Mariona Ferrandiz



Professional position (October 2015-present): Post-doc position at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Departament de Biologia Vegetal, Biologia Animal i Ecologia, BABVE) and Ecological and Forestry Applications Research Center (CREAF)

Facultat de Biociències, UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia


tel. : +34 93 581 27 68  Office: C5b/058

Campus de Bellaterra (UAB) Edifici C
08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès (Catalonia)


The conservation of biodiversity is a major concern of international governments. While the three levels of biodiversity (ecosystems, species and genes) have long been described, it was not until 2010 that a focus was placed on genetic diversity. Indeed, it represents the true potential of adaptation and evolution of species.

The aim of my PhD thesis (carried out at Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1) was to understand the causes and consequences of genetic diversity in natural populations. To do it, I took advantage of a long-term (25 years) capture-mark-recapture program of a wild population of Alpine marmots (Marmota marmota) in La Sassière (Alps).

Since 2015 I have a postdoctoral position in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I teach (see teaching dossier) in Environmental Biology and Environmental Sciences Bachelor’s degrees and I carry out my research at CREAF, where I take part of a second long-term (10 years) capture-mark-recapture program of a introduced wild population of Alpine marmots in La Cerdanya (Pyrenees). I am particularly interested in understanding the differences between native and introduced populations regarding their population dynamics, population genetics and behaviour. In CREAF I also work with edible dormouse (Glis glis), wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus), Herman’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni) and Jackdows (Corvus monedula). My main objectives with these species are to contribute to enhance actual debates in evolutionary ecology.

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